Washington (newsnation now) — Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as President Joe Biden called Wednesday a “month of action” to get more shots into the weapons ahead of the July 4 holiday announced.
Biden promoted a number of new moves in the early summer to reduce incentives and barriers and make shots more attractive to those who haven’t received them. They plan to partially vaccinate 70% of adults by Independence Day And return the country to normalcy this summer.
“The more people we get vaccinated, the more success we will have in the fight against this virus,” Biden said from the White House. He predicted that with more vaccinations, America would soon experience “the heat of freedom, the heat of joy, the warmth of sociability and celebrations. An all-American summer.”
The White House said Biden’s “month of action” would continue to use public and private sector partnerships to encourage Americans to roll up their sleeves, to help spread the word about the benefits of vaccination. Drawing in businesses, colleges, celebrities and community organizations to encourage them to take the shot.
Additionally, the White House is partnering with early childhood centers such as Kindercare, Learning Care Group, Bright Horizons, and more than 500 YMCAs to provide free childcare coverage for Americans who are looking for shots or side effects. Need help while recovering from
The administration is also launching a new partnership to bring vaccine education and even doses to more than a thousand Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons, creating a successful pilot program in Maryland. Has been doing.
Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday morning It will buy “Americans 21+ a round of beer” once Biden’s 70% target is met through a promotional giveaway on its website, the first 200,000 people to respond when the nation reaches its vaccine limit. Will provide $5 credit.
Other new incentives include a $2 million commitment from DoorDash to provide gift cards to community health centers that will be used to motivate people to get vaccinated. CVS just launched a sweepstakes with prizes including free cruises and Super Bowl tickets. Major League Baseball will host on-site vaccine clinics and ticket giveaways at the game. And Kroger will give $1 million each week to one vaccinated person this month and free groceries to dozens of people for the year.
With the aim of making injections more convenient, Biden announced that many pharmacies are increasing their hours this month — and thousands will be open overnight on Fridays.
“People all over the world are desperate to get a shot that every American can get at their neighborhood drugstore,” Biden said.
So far 62.8% of the adult US population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 133.6 million have received full vaccinations, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The rate of new vaccinations has slowed again to an average of less than 600,000 per day when incentives such as lotteries were announced, and down from more than 800,000 per day, and around 2 per day in early April. Below the peak of the million when the demand for shots was very high.
So far, about 12 states have met Biden’s goal of getting 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4, according to the CDC. The states are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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